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What Public Works is Reading, Watching, and Listening To!

By Ava Lopez

October 7, 2022

Allison Quigney, Principal

I’m reading…Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

I’m watching…I’m very happy to have finally gone back to the movie theater for Top Gun: Maverick and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Also very excited about season 3 of Never Have I Ever season 3. Currently watching The Challenge: USA.

I’m listening to…In terms of music, lots of Lizzo and Harry Styles. I also just started listening to the Normal Gossip podcast which is a true joy.


Amairani Marin Tovar, Analyst

I’m reading…A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I’m watching…Good Trouble

I’m listening to…The album “Un Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny




Benjamin Martinez Newman, Senior Manager

I’m reading…New York New York, New York – Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation (by Thomas Dyja)

I’m watching…For me: The Sandman (Netflix), Music Box documentaries (HBO) With Jonathan: Moana (Disney), Trash Truck (Netflix), Sesame Street (always)

I’m listening to…Music: Bill Evans (album: Blue in Green), Glen Gould (album: Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988) Podcasts: The Bill Simmons Podcast, The Lowe Post, The Daily


Idris Mignott, Senior Manager for Business Operations

I’m reading…GREENLAND–debut novel by my friend David Santos Donaldson. Next in the queue, When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw, my other friend. And, I just got around to reading the New Yorker’s profile on Simone Leigh (okay, I’m a few moths late) because I’m headed to the Venice Biennale later this summer.

I’m watching…Anything with Justice Smith. Just saw Alonzo King’s LINES , a modern ballet company, at Jacob’s Pillow. They were brilliant, fresh, exciting and fabulous!

I’m listening to…Samara Joy’s self titled album (on loop), Talking Heads, Kathleen Battle’s Music in the Air, Danny Krivit’s and Joe Clausell’s new mixes. And of course, Beyonce’s studio album, Renaissance — but, then again, who isn’t listening to it?


Joel Hochman, Manager

I’m reading…A copy of Livy’s “Ab Urbe Condita, Book I” I found on a stoop near me a few weeks ago. I’m trying not to forget my high school Latin!

I’m watching…I just watched “Aline,” the unofficial biopic of Celine Dion where the same actress plays her at all stages of her life (google it if you don’t believe me!)

I’m listening to…I’ve been getting into a lot of Joe Hisaishi’s work. His score for Howl’s Moving Castle is especially good


John Dere, Manager

I’m reading…Currently reading a lot of articles for the incredibly important Fantasy Football season!

I’m watching…Recently watched all of the Hellboy movies (first two were fun, but the reboot wasn’t good)

I’m listening to…Currently listening to Sean Curran, Our Last Night, and Dance Gavin Dance. Also recently saw Sleeping With Sirens in concert in NYC!


Noah Brook, Project Coordinator

I’m reading…The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

I’m watching…The Bear, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things

I’m listening to…Kendrick Lamar, The Ringer Fantasy Football Show, Spotify ‘Funk Mix’





Jordan Cosby, Manager

I’m reading…Just finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, just in time for the blockbuster hit. As usual, the book was a thousand times better than the movie (no offense to Reese Witherspoon, she’s a goddess). On to another cult favorite (from Reese’s book club), Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. The show adaptation is very gripping.

I’m watching…Only Murders In the Building with Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez. It’s a delight.

I’m listening to…Sounds of summer, with Harry Styles and Gloria Estefan on heavy rotation.


Sarafina Fabris-Green

I’m reading…Nothing at the moment!

I’m watching…As one strategy to escape the summer heat, I’ve been going to the movies more frequently. I recently saw the new Top Gun movie and The Worst Person in the world, both of which had me laughing, crying, and on the edge of my seat. Following COVID, I forgot how much I missed stale, buttery popcorn and reflecting on the film with a friend after leaving the theater.

I’m listening to…Maggie Rogers’ new album, Surrender, and of course, Renaissance from Beyoncé


Simon Rosenblum-Larson, Analyst

I’m reading…American Pastoral by Phillip Roth, Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano

I’m watching…Jeopardy?

I’m listening to…I’ve been listening to a LOT of Radiohead lately





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